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CardShark Content - Nathan Gatts (6/23/2005)

Well with regionals less than one week away, I am sure that most of you have already picked the deck you will be taking. I have been testing, testing, and then testing some more. I am under the impression that everyone thinks Mono-Blue Control, Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
, Mono-Green Aggro, and some incarnation of red are the tier 1 decks at this time. I am looking forward to playing this year, as the format seems completely wide open right now. One deck beats another while losing to this, and so on. In my immense testing I have seen yet another deck work its way out of the woodwork. While it seems as though it wouldn’t even be that great of an idea, this new incarnation of Mono-Blue seems to only have problems with Mono-Blue Control and slight trouble coming from Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
. This last article before Regionals will show you about this new deck. Here it is:

Creatures (6)
1: Arcbound Reclaimer
Arcbound Reclaimer
Arcbound ReclaimerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
John Foster
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 2 (This comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature) Remove a +1/+1 counter from Arcbound Reclaimer: Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

2: Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

3: Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


Spells (20)
4: Condescend
Condescend
CondescendSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Text:
Counter target spell unless that spell's controller pays. Scry 2

4: Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4: U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.

4: Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
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2: Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2: Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.


Artifacts (11)
3: Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)

3: Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.

4: Sensei’s Diving Top
1: Skeleton Shard
Skeleton Shard
Skeleton ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or B, T: Return target artifact creature card from your graveyard to your hand.


Lands (23)
8: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

1: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1: Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
, School at Water’s Edge
1: Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Oboro, Palace in the CloudsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add U to your mana pool. 1: Return Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to its owner's hand.

4: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Mine
4: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Power Plant
4: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Tower

Sideboard (15)
3: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

2: Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.

2: Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.

3: Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

3: Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

2: Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters AllSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
273
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Boseiju, Who Shelters All comes into play tapped. T, Pay 2 life: Add 1 to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered by spells or abilities.



When I first saw versions of this deck I was like - “yeah what a pile”. But I decided hey, what the heck do I have to lose. So let the testing begin. I have switched cards in here and there from versions I have seen. And have drastically changed the sideboard. Here are some tips and the like for this deck:

It doesn’t really take that much to make this deck work. Basically you are trying to set up and endless turn loop. Get Skeleton Shard
Skeleton Shard
Skeleton ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or B, T: Return target artifact creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, Arcbound Reclaimer
Arcbound Reclaimer
Arcbound ReclaimerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
John Foster
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 2 (This comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature) Remove a +1/+1 counter from Arcbound Reclaimer: Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.
, and Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
in play and you have them completely locked down, and Sensei’s Divining Top just makes it all the easier for you to do so. Not only does the top help, but fabricate can just seal the deal for you. Try not to worry to much about creatures they play if you can fend them off for long enough, do not waste your counter magic on things that won’t make a difference if you have the combo in place.

Match-ups -

Mono Green Aggro
As much as I thought that Mono-Green would make quick end to this deck, it’s just simply not the case. Just by countering the Zealots and Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
you should be able to hold off their attacks long enough to set up for the win.
Side - I have found that you don’t even really need to sideboard all that much against green. Maybe a couple Needles to stop early Swords and such, but the Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
should hold them off.

Mono Black Control
This deck shouldn’t be a problem at all. It packs way too much creature removal, and no way to deal with artifacts. So just set up your combo and finish the job.
Side - Your probably going to wanto drop the Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
here and add in your Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
s to get theirs out of the way.
-3 Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.

+3 Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.


Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

In all reality as long as you wait to counter the Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
this really shouldn’t be that big of a problem.
Side - Here again I would drop the Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
in favor of being able to Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
the Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
s away. Also Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.
against Tooth is just mean.
-3 Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
, -2 Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

+3 Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, +2 Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.


Anything Red
I haven’t had a lot of time to test against this yet. But it seems like a pretty good much up still.
Side - Not really sure here, just test and see what you come up with.

Mono-Blue Control
By far your worst match-up. In my testing it just seems like they out counter you. But also, if they drop Meloku, and you can set up your combo, even for a turn or 2. You should be able to return all their lands to their hand, and then pull off an Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
to finish of their board position.
Side - More counter is better, and Boseiju can pull off that game winning spell when you need it the most.
-2 Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
, -3 Triskelion
Triskelion
TriskelionSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Triskelion comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it.0: Remove one of these counters from Triskelion to have Triskelion deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
, -1 Oboro, -1 Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

+3 Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.
, +2 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters AllSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
273
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Boseiju, Who Shelters All comes into play tapped. T, Pay 2 life: Add 1 to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered by spells or abilities.
, +2 Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.



All in all it seems pretty solid. Maybe it could use a few tweaks here and their. Thank you all so much again for reading and responding to my articles.

Good luck this year at Regionals!!!

Thanks again, and if you have any questions or comments about this or any other article feel free to email me.


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